The research and training activities delivered at the Unit for DICE are coordinated by Professor Surinder Sharma and Professor John Williams.

Collectively they have more than thirty years worth of experience conducting research within the field of diversity, inclusion, equality and Human Rights issues.

Associate Professor John Williams, School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Professor John WilliamsSenior Lecturer John Williams is originally from Merseyside and is perhaps best known internationally for his work on the sociology of sport, especially football and football fan culture, the production of sports identities, fan spectator behaviour and policing, and gender inequality and antiracism in sport. More recently he has been engaged in work with Sporting Equals on local sports policy and provision, especially in relation to equality and access issues affecting people from BME backgrounds, and ERASMUS research on sport and fairness. He has a group of enthusiastic PhD students and is always looking to supervise new doctoral students in the sociology of sport and leisure.

Professor Surinder Sharma, High Sheriff of Leicestershire, School of Media, Communication and SociologyProfessor Surinder Sharma

Professor Surinder Sharma was born in Nairobi, Kenya, arriving in Leicester with his parents in March 1965, and has lived in the city ever since. Surinder was appointed as the first National Director for Equality & Human Rights at the Department of Health and the National Health Service in October 2004. He has worked in the Diversity & Inclusion field for over 35 years, gaining a reputation for innovation, excellence and  success, including at the BBC, Ford Europe, Littlewoods plc, Novartis AG, and as a Commissioner at Equal Opportunities Commission. He served as a Magistrate for over 25 years and also as a Councillor on Leicester City Council. He began his career with the Commission for Racial Equality in March 1978 and now Chairs the Leicester Racial Equality Council. He was appointed as an Alderman for the City of Leicester in September, 2013 and as High Sheriff of Leicestershire in April, 2016

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